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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (207 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fay Weldon Narrator: Sian Thomas Publisher: Quercus Publishing Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN:
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There's a gathering of high-achieving ladies at the remote and expensive Castle Spa over the 10 days of Christmas and New Year. None of them have met before. Have they no homes to go to? Why have they put their lives on hold? Perhaps they think they've come to seek (through Botox, aromatherapy, and extravagant pampering) a better understanding of their lives?

But the ladies are wilful: they lounge around in the Jacuzzi, drinking champagne, eating permitted caviar and forbidden chocolate, and confessing the stories of their lives, startling and scandalous though these may be. Perhaps they have found a better therapy?

Witty, compassionate and casually libidinous, Fay Weldon's sparkling new novel, in its 10 days of storytelling, nods back to the Decameron of Boccaccio, who dedicated his book to the ladies of his time. They were forced to hide their amorous passions under a veil of discretion, while men stayed free to indulge theirs. Weldon's women, on the other hand, are women of today: no veil of discretion for them.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/11/2014

    " A good read. I love the writing style of Fay Weldon. This is not my favorite of her books because it was basically a bunch of little stories within a big story, but they were all still interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Ann Hall | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed this and was tickled by its nod to The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales, but was frequently distracted by editors' misses. (How does spellcheck overlook the word "beacuse" three times?) The best, most integrated stories are from the Ex-Vicar's wife (a ghost story) and the tale of the stepmother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo | 1/5/2014

    " I have given this 4 stars as it was a light funny book, sort of easy listening reading equivalent. About high achieving women who are spending the festive season in a spa in Cumbria to get away from the festive season for differing reasons. Each tell their story, in a similar way to the Decameron. In fact the book was called "The Spa Decameron" when I bought it. It constists of stories of Murder, incest and things like that. Good fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mariah | 12/20/2013

    " Strange book. Not chick lit. Very slow; had to force myself to finish it. Really more of a collection of short stories disguised as a novel. Overall boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lana | 12/19/2013

    " very slow moving. great for a rainy day when you have a lot of time. i only finished it because i have to finish what i start, no matter how it is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire Haeg | 12/13/2013

    " Like the parson's egg - good in parts. Some classic Weldon but very patchy. Interesting use of the form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 11/13/2013

    " Fay Weldon novels are always an intelligent, thoughtful and humourous read - I'm certainly a fan of her writing. I was gripped by the tales within this novel, the voice of each character was so well written that for me they simply leapt from the page. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betsy | 11/12/2013

    " I read part of it, skimmed to the end, found it boring and dark for darks sake. Just not my kind of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 10/4/2013

    " used lind of a chaucers tales artifice..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Filippa | 8/25/2013

    " Another well written book of Fay Weldon. Very thrilling stories and very interesting writing style. But then again, the book was not really for my age. There was a lot of details I could have lived without. Maybe I should try reading it again... in a few years :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ulla | 8/23/2013

    " Well, it took a while to get through this but I did it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lulu's Life | 8/2/2013

    " This is the story regarding to women spending their xmas holiday at SPA.. Actually l love the writing style of Fay Weldon & l enjoyed so much while reading but l suggest you to read it if you have a lot of time. ;) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miette | 7/29/2013

    " Didn't read this book right through. Not in the mood for a collection of different characters telling their stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina | 7/28/2013

    " Boring. This was like a modern woman's Canterbury Tales. It was just one woman's tale after another and even though some were interesting, I just got bored with the format. There's no character development or even a real plot. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hollis | 6/2/2013

    " A story of a group of successful women 'marooned' in a spa over Christmas. Each tells her story. I just didn't like the women enough to finish! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 4/7/2013

    " Parts were good; parts were disjointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 10/11/2012

    " I was giving this book a shot but then I got to one of the chapters and it was dropping lots of F bombs and other foul language. The whole chapter was vulgar and by the end I had no interest in finishing the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dianne May | 9/10/2012

    " This book is really helpful. It is the reason I became addicted on going to luxury spa break. Spa treatment has been my passion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louisa | 6/15/2012

    " This book is a 21st century version of The Canterbury Tales set in a women's spa. I wanted to enjoy this book, but I never really got into it. The first few tales were interesting, but it got boring about half-way through. The library due date came, so I returned it without finishing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 5/6/2012

    " Everything I love about Fay Weldon "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 2/24/2012

    " Again it's between 3 and 4 stars for me. Did enjoy it but there were just too many stories. I liked the central character best and liked the way it ended but thought it could have been half as long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damona | 7/24/2011

    " I'm... not sure how I feel about this book. I suppose that the best way to describe it is to say that I was sufficiently interested in the story and the characters to finish it, but the writing style itself was just not my cup of tea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Walker | 7/17/2011

    " Not Weldon's best work. The format gives her a vehicle for a series of different stories, but almost all of them are focussed on sexual relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 4/15/2011

    " Lovely to dip into a Fay Weldon book - it's been a longn time! She is as barmy as ever.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristina | 11/5/2010

    " Boring. This was like a modern woman's Canterbury Tales. It was just one woman's tale after another and even though some were interesting, I just got bored with the format. There's no character development or even a real plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Filippa | 7/17/2010

    " Another well written book of Fay Weldon. Very thrilling stories and very interesting writing style. But then again, the book was not really for my age. There was a lot of details I could have lived without. Maybe I should try reading it again... in a few years :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miette | 4/13/2010

    " Didn't read this book right through. Not in the mood for a collection of different characters telling their stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Em | 2/2/2010

    " Fay Weldon novels are always an intelligent, thoughtful and humourous read - I'm certainly a fan of her writing. I was gripped by the tales within this novel, the voice of each character was so well written that for me they simply leapt from the page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tricia | 1/2/2010

    " Everything I love about Fay Weldon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lutfiye | 12/14/2009

    " This is the story regarding to women spending their xmas holiday at SPA.. Actually l love the writing style of Fay Weldon & l enjoyed so much while reading but l suggest you to read it if you have a lot of time. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/11/2009

    " A good read. I love the writing style of Fay Weldon. This is not my favorite of her books because it was basically a bunch of little stories within a big story, but they were all still interesting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 5/23/2009

    " I was giving this book a shot but then I got to one of the chapters and it was dropping lots of F bombs and other foul language. The whole chapter was vulgar and by the end I had no interest in finishing the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 2/27/2009

    " used lind of a chaucers tales artifice..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 2/1/2009

    " I just started this one, and it's intriguing so far. I like the characters and it's a pleasure to read. I'm usually a sucker for books written about English characters. British English colloquialisms are just so bloody endearing.

    So far so good.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Hollis | 12/18/2008

    " A story of a group of successful women 'marooned' in a spa over Christmas. Each tells her story. I just didn't like the women enough to finish! "

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About the Author
Author Fay WeldonA novelist, playwright and essayist, Fay Weldon is best known for her novels The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, Praxis, and Worst Fears. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in 1990, and was awarded a CBE from the Queen in 2001. In 2006, Weldon was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University in West London. She lives in Dorset with her husband, the poet Nick Fox.
About the Narrator

Sian Thomas was nominated for a 2003 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for her role in Up for Grabs. She appeared as Amelia Bones in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.